On this day: November 8

Published On: Nov 08 2012 01:52:55 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 08 2013 02:00:00 AM EST

Gunslinger Doc Holliday dies, the X-ray is discovered by accident, John F. Kennedy is elected president, the Florida recount begins, and the "Guitar Hero" craze is born, all on this day.

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1864: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is re-elected, defeating Democratic candidate George B. McClellan. Lincoln received 55 percent of the popular vote, carrying 22 states and 212 electoral votes, compared to McClellan's 45 percent, two states (Delaware, Kentucky and New Jersey) and 21 electoral votes. With the Civil War ongoing, no electoral votes were counted from all 11 Southern states, although elections were held in the Union-occupied states of Louisiana and Tennessee.

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